Hoover vacuum cleaner and asthma

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Did you know…? Hoover Vacuum Cleaner was created by James Murray Spangler, a department store janitor who had asthma. He devised a portable electric vacuum cleaner to reduce the dusty work of sweeping the carpet that was causing his asthma to flare up and make him cough. After showing the invention to his cousin Susan Hoover who tried it and like it, she convinced her husband, William Hoover to buy…

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Technology Brings Back Ability and Smiles to The Disabled

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Technology allows for inclusion and smiles. #betterliving #technology #inclusion #disabled #liveyourbestlife   https://news.microsoft.com/features/the-power-of-technology-for-people-with-disabilities/?ocid=lockAI4I

Poor Person’s Guide To Respiratory Muscle Training (your breathing muscles)

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Pinwheels and books make great inspiratory muscle training devices. Get or make a pinwheel (https://tinyurl.com/odb9s). Sitting slightly reclined with pinwheel in front of you, breath in your nose and blow out with pursed lips, seeing how far and long you can spin it. Repeat 10 times, resting or stopping as needed. Work up to doing once an hour. Monitor your oxygen levels and breathing. STOP/rest if oxygen goes below 90%…

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Oxygen Safety Tips

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Oxygen is flammable. Keep sources including concentrator at least 10 ft away from open flames, sparks (cigarettes, electric razors) & 5 ft away from high heat sources. Use only water-soluble products, not petroleum- or oil-based. Have your local utility & fire department put you on their emergency priority list. Post a “No Smoking, Oxygen in Use” sign on your door. Despite concentrators, have back up oxygen tanks. Store all but…

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ArmRCises for Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab

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For those with pulmonary or cardiac issues, using your arms can be especially taxing and cause shortness of breath.  ArmRCises are a set of 10-17 exercises that mimic everyday activities, and will improve the strength and endurance of your upper body. With time this will reduce your shortness of breath and lessen the workload on your heart and lungs.   No equipment or standing required.  Check out the (still appropriate but…

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Medicare Part A Coverage for Diabetics

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Diabetic patients with Medicare Part A are eligible for 80% of the allowed amount for one pair of shoes and up to three pairs of molded inner soles per year. Medicare will also cover regular podiatric /foot care every 3 months. After diagnosis, when prescribed by a physician a diabetic with Medicare Part A is entitled to 10 hours diabetes education services if provided by an appropriately recognized healthcare provider…

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Daily Practices of Self-Care with a Cancer Diagnosis

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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you are likely experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. Amidst the fear and worry, you also experience joy and gratitude. It can be easy to become consumed with appointments and treatments, but it’s more important than ever to prioritize daily self-care. Self-care is simply the act of intentionally protecting or improving your overall wellness and happiness. Let’s review some daily practices that you can begin…

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BREATHE EASIER IN SIX STEPS

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Tired of not being able to walk to the kitchen or bathroom without getting short of breath? Do you avoid physical activities to prevent breathlessness? Or if you get out a little, does the work of breathing pretty much wipe you out the next day? Try our new Breathe Easier In Six Steps program. While we can’t reverse COPD, we CAN improve the quality of your life and your energy, and reduce complications. …

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